After a grueling 7-hour drive Tuesday, the rest of the trip should be easy as pie – or at least a warm praline from the Candy Factory in Savannah where we stopped for the night.
Savannah is an old city – as evidenced by its cobblestone River District – but busy among locals and tourists alike. Some cities I’ve been to (looking at you, Cleveland and Rochester, New York) shut down when the sun starts to go down. That’s when Savannah begins to come alive. Our Uber driver says in the month and a half the ride-sharing service has been open she always sees steady downtown traffic.
Dinner was a quick bite at Vinnie Van Gogo‘s pizza, then it was down to the river. The downtown area in Savannah is built in two parts. First, there is the upper section with several parks, paved roads, and plenty of vehicle traffic. Down flights of historic steep grey stone steps there is the River District, which travels along the Savannah River and is paved with cobblestone and lined with restaurants, bars, a few hotels, and tourist-type shops.
At the bottom of the steps we found a gem. Tucked in a stall in the outdoor market was a shop that specialized in war artifacts. Not World War II posters, but actual bullets, weapons, clothing, and cooking items from Revolutionary and Civil War times. As I type now, I seek the best word – artifact – to describe the items. The shop, called Savannah History Shoppe, specializes in jewelry created from found artifacts, but also sells coins, weapons and ammunition, as well as some fossils. I talked with proprietor Jeanie Chance, who collects the items with her husband, Paul. She told us her husband started searching for artifacts forty years ago and it is an ongoing hunt. The results are a really unique piece of Americana.
One other site in Savannah made our must-see list. We trekked about 15 minutes from the River District to Chippewa Square; the place where Forrest Gump’s bench was. I say “was” because the bench moved to a museum, but still, it’s pretty cool.
Savannah demands more than a day to see all of its historical and natural beauty, but tomorrow we’re off to Saint Augustine, Florida, for the penultimate section of our journey.
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